Remote Working a First Step to Address Challenges of Transition to a Low Carbon Economy for Rural Dwellers

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, launches Western Development Commission Report. The report identifies both opportunities and challenges for rural dwellers in the areas of transport, energy efficiency and heating and electricity demand and supply. The work is the first of its kind to examine the likely impact of the transition to a low carbon economy on rural dwellers in […]

July Stimulus is a timely confidence and investment boost – Ibec

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has strongly welcomed the July Stimulus package announced from Government today, the largest single economic stimulus in the history of the State.  Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “On behalf of the Irish business community, today’s stimulus package of increased public spending, investment and tax supports is a welcome and important step in rebooting the economy. Government has taken […]

July stimulus package is the last chance for many Irish SMEs

Small businesses report average fixed cost losses of over €153,000 in ‘Covid-19 loss assessment’ survey   A robust and fit for purpose July stimulus package that delivers the urgent low-cost liquidity, ideally in the form of grants, required by small businesses must be the Government’s principal mechanism to ensure the SME sector survives. That’s according […]

UCC & Macra Agricultural Skillnet launch Graduate Development Programme for Agri-Food SMEs

The UCC Diploma in Leadership for the Agri-Food Sector will provide SMEs with a tailored graduate programme, which will significantly enhance their current graduates’ skills, and help them to attract and retain the best young graduates.   Graduate training is now a vital part of the continuing professional development of young employees. While most of […]

The packaging free shops market is on the rise, now it’s time for policy measures to support it

Zero Waste Europe releases the first ever European study on the current state of play and potential growth for the packaging free shops market.  As statistics show, every European inhabitant produces 173 kg of packaging waste every year (1). The only way to address this problem is with waste prevention measures that stop packaging waste from being […]

Enterprise Support Grant Available to Small Business Owners and Funding for School Meals Scheme to be Extended into Summer

Want to get Ireland back working again. In many cases, this means tackling the roadblocks and obstacles which stop an otherwise viable business from getting back up and running or simply giving them a helping hand. It is crucial that we approach this task in an innovative and flexible manner and this is what underpins […]

Fáilte Ireland publishes operational guidelines with industry groups for the safe re-opening and rebuilding of the tourism and hospitality industry

Fáilte Ireland has published sector specific operational guidelines for the tourism industry to ensure the safe re-opening of tourism businesses on June 29th. The National Tourism Development Authority developed the guidelines in collaboration with industry groups; the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), the Irish Self Catering Federation (ISCF), the Irish Caravan and Camping Council, the Association of Visitor Experiences (AVEA), Ireland’s Association of Adventure Tourism (IAAT) and B&B Ireland. Relevant Government departments including the Department of Transport, […]

EPA announces €600,000 green stimulus fund for innovators & SMEs

A circular economy must be part of Ireland’s green recovery supporting job creation, generating economic growth; and improving our environment. This EPA fund provides an opportunity for business and companies to innovate in areas such as food waste, plastics and construction and demolition to provide new products and services. A circular economy is based on […]

60% of entrepreneurs anticipate a return to normal trading within 12 months

Despite serious challenges entrepreneurs remain positive on outlook for 2021 Half of entrepreneurs expect to increase headcount in 2021 70% of entrepreneurs say Government has been supportive Revenues fall for 76% of entrepreneurs since start of crisis   In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs across the island remain positive, with 60% anticipating a […]

Small and medium businesses must be treated as a standalone priority sector as Ireland enters Day One of Reopening Society and Business

It is essential that the SME sector is at the forefront of the Government’s National Recovery Plan as small businesses are crucial to Ireland’s economic recovery   Small and medium enterprises do not operate the same as bigger businesses as they are exposed to different challenges, with the majority driven by the values of founder […]

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